DIETERS BEWARE: ALL FRUIT DIET LANDS ASHTON KUTCHER IN THE HOSPITAL

An all-fruit diet, also called fruitarian diet, comprises acid fruits, such as  oranges and grapefruits;, sub-acid fruits, such as apples, cherries and berries;  sweet fruits, such as grapes and melons;, oily fruits, such as coconut; and  dried fruits, such as dates. An all-fruit diet contains sugar and antioxidants,  but is deficient in protein, fat, vitamin B12 and other essential vitamins and  minerals and may incur serious risks for diabetics.

Reduced Metabolism and Weight Gain

The body requires sufficient amounts of calories and  nutrients to function properly. When you eat too few calories, your body may go  into starvation mode, according to the National Eating Disorders Association, or  NEDA, which involves reduced metoblism–the rate at which your body converts  food into energy. A slowed metabolism means that your body will use calories  from food more slowly, which can lead to weight gain. Fruits are low in calories  and high in water and fiber. Thus, caloric needs may not be met. Diets such as  the Fruit Flush 3 Day Detox, by Jay Robb, provide roughly 1,000 calories per  day–an amount far below most people’s recommended intake. Partaking in  fruit-only and other fruit-based restrictive diets repeatedly or for extended  time periods increases your risk for reduced metabolism and weight  gain.

Increased Risk for Disease

In many cases, people go off and on the fruit diet  and/or fruit-based cleansing diets, resulting in wide fluctuations in body  weight. This practice, commonly called yo-yo dieting, can increase your risk for  heart disease and other long-term conditions, according to NEDA. If you partake  in the fruit diet repeatedly or long-term, you may also develop nutrient  deficiencies that may lead to osteoporosis (weak bones), iron-deficiency anemia  and malnutrition. Restrictive diets can also disturb moods and trigger or  exacerbate mental illnesses like depression.

Physical Dangers

Since the fruit diet provides substandard amounts of  calories and nutrients, your energy and physical coordination may suffer. You  may find physical activities more challenging and experience delayed reaction  times and concentration during physically demanding tasks. According to NEDA,  dieting often causes diminished muscle strength, poor oxygen utilization,  thinning hair and dehydration. Severe dehydration may lead to electrolyte  imbalances, which can damage heart and nerve health. In severe cases,  electrolyte imbalances lead to death.

While preparing to play Steve Jobs in Joshua Michael Stern’s biopic, “Jobs,” the actor said he adopted the late Apple co-founder’s fruit-only diet.

“First of all, the fruitarian diet can lead to like severe issues,” Kutcher said after the “Jobs” screening at the Sundance Film Festival, via USA Today. “I went to the hospital like two days before we started shooting the movie. I was like doubled over in pain. My pancreas levels were completely out of whack.”

In 2004, Jobs announced that he was being treated for pancreatic cancer.

In addition to eating like the tech titan, Kutcher said he watched 100 hours of footage to capture his walk and talk, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Josh Gad stars opposite Kutcher in the biopic, which is due out on April 19, as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

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